Asian Lacquer Symposium

Buffalo State College, Buffalo, New York  May 20-24, 2013  

Early Registration (until March 15) - $595
AIC Members and Accepted Speakers - $495
Students - $325
Standard Registration (after March 15) - $695 

Related Events:
- Asian Lacquer Symposium Dinner- $60
   May 22, 2013 from 6-9pm
- Asian Lacquer Symposium TOUR: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House Complex- $25
  May 20, 2013, evening
- Asian Lacquer Symposium TOUR: H.H. Richardson Olmsted Complex- $15
  May 23, 2013, evening
- Asian Lacquer Symposium TOUR: Niagara Falls Bus Tour- $99
  May 19, 2013 - Niagara Falls Bus Tour on Sunday, May 19th
Buffalo State College is hosting an International Lacquer symposium in May 2013. This is a collaborative effort between the Art Conservation Department, Design Department, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. This symposium will bring together international experts from multiple disciplines including artists, art historians, conservators, curators and scientists to gain a holistic view of the many facets of lacquer ware. The main goals of this symposium are to: Highlight lacquer as a living art; Feature historical lacquer by regions and cultures; Explore technical aspects of the craft through history; Discuss cultural differences in conservation approaches; Provide a venue for dissemination of recent scientific findings.
The symposium will explore the ways in which historic and modern craftspeople and artists have used the lacquer to form functional and artistic objects.  A small display of contemporary and modern pieces with traditional and/or historic pieces from China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan will exemplify the ways lacquer has been used through the centuries and the cultural significance of the medium. The traditional lacquer ware presents Asian aesthetics, craftsmanship, materials and tools, and the modern ware combines younger generational thought, modern aesthetic principles and Western influences. Showcasing these lacquer objects will allow attendees to appreciate and learn more of the art and craft of Asian lacquer.

For detailed information about the symposium please read the updated announcement: Asian Lacquer Symposium.
Symposium Topics:
Issues of and variations in approaches to lacquer ware conservation and restoration will be presented and discussed. Discussion of cultural and aesthetic sensitivities, similarities and differences in conservation and restoration will expose all attendees to the variety of approaches being effected to preserve lacquer ware. To better understand these cultural and national perspectives, the symposium will include roundtable discussions, presentations and informal exchanges. This newfound cultural awareness should help future preservation efforts and conservation interventions.
In the past 20 years scientific research has shed light on many chemical and physical aspects of lacquers and lacquer ware. The chemical fingerprinting of the naturally occurring lacquer sources throughout Asia has been successfully used to identify trade routes and elucidate commerce of this valuable resource. Research on the identification, degradation and different technical processing of lacquers will be presented to complement the other artistic, conservation and historical components of the symposium.
They symposium will feature lectures and demonstrations by National Living Treasures from Asia. We will also feature lacquer artists, craftsmen, artisans, conservators, art historians, curators, and scientists as lecturers. Lectures and workshops will be given all five days of the conference and participants will have an opportunity to have local tours at Niagara Falls, The Darwin Martin House, Richardson Olmstead Complex, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
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Travel Information:
Registration for this program is being managed by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works

* Registration fees can be paid onsite in CASH ONLY. If you plan to register onsite, please fill out the online registration and indicate that payment will be made by check. In the comments field please note that you will be paying cash onsite.
For more information, contact:
Abigail Choudhury
Development and Education Coordinator
Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works
1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 320
Washington, DC  20005
Fax:  202-452-9328

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